Cost of Switzerland by car or train

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Mar 25, 2018 - 1:20 AM


I am planning to visit Switzerland with my Family (2 Adults & 3 Children) from 5th April to 14 April. My trip will start from Lucern & staying in Interlaken, lauterbrunnen, Zermatt, St. Moritz & depart to Paris. I am planning to visit Mount Titlis, jungfrau, schilthorn, One night in lauterbrunnen, & Matterhorn. I am still confuse to cover this trip by car or by train. There are two more question, What will be the best experience & what will be cheaper. If I will choose car than will skip the St. Moritz. Please suggest.

Mahtab Ahmed.

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Mar 25, 2018 - 1:45 AM in reply to Mahtabahmed

Hello Mahtabahmed and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

Read this rversustrain then once that convinces you to travel by train (only joking a little bit) you can start to look at what sort of travel pass you need.

The good news is that children up to their 16th birthday travel free with parents using a Swiss Travel Pass or Swiss Half Fare Card when you get the free Swiss Family Card.

A clearly mapped out itinerary is the basis for deciding which pass (if any) suits. You already have some plans so based on your itinerary you need to do the sums based on the cost of all your planned trips on trains, boats, cable cars etc. You can use the Swiss Train Timetable ( metable) to work out the fares for any trip. When you go to buy a ticket the fare you see on the right hand side of the page will normally be the half-fare price. Double it to get full fare. With A Swiss Travel Pass it is free provided it is shown as free on the Area of Validity map ( PDF downloadable from isstravelpass/validity).

You should read “How to choose the best travel pass” ( ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass), download the handy spreadsheet calculator and do the math.

If you go from Zermatt to St Moritz you are heading away from Paris not nearer to it so you might want to rethink the sequence of your trip.

Are you flying in and arriving at Zurich?

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Mar 25, 2018 - 3:45 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thanks, for quick respond, Rockoyster.

I will be arriving from Munich to Luzern than Interlaken to Zarmatt & St. Moritz....... St. Moritz is mostly to see the Glaciar Express, thatswhy if I choose the Car so I will skip the St. Moritz.

Last modified on Mar 25, 2018 - 3:45 AM by Mahtabahmed
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Mar 25, 2018 - 8:17 AM in reply to rockoyster

Hi Mahtabahmed ,

You won't be able to compare costs until you've mapped out all your planned trips and mountain excursions and use the spreadsheet as Rockoyster suggests.

We often recommend to travel by train in Switzerland though - very convenient and easy to use. Some villages you will go to are car-free as well so that is something to consider (Zermatt and the villages beyond Lauterbrunnen: Wengen and Mürren).

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